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POWER Initiative

What is POWER?

ARC hosted a Peer-to-Peer POWER Convening on May 22-23, 2019, in Athens, Ohio. Presentations from the Convening are now available.

Infographic: Power Initiative- ARC has invested over $148 million to specifically strengthen and diversify the economy in 312 Appalachian coal-impacted communities.

POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production.

POWER in Appalachia

In 2019 alone, ARC announced 36 POWER investments, totaling $26.2 million. These investments are projected to create or retain over 1,100 jobs, benefit over 5,200 students and workers, and leverage more than $22.8 million in private investment into manufacturing, agriculture, technology, substance abuse recovery, broadband development, and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states.

Since 2015, ARC has invested over $148 million in 185 projects touching 312 counties across Appalachia through the POWER Initiative. Together, these investments are projected to create or retain more than 17,500 jobs, create or improve more than 7,200 businesses, and leverage more than $772 million in additional private investment into Appalachia's economy.

Read ARC's POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.

For questions about the POWER Initiative, please email